On September 23, 2007, “The War”, a seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will air on PBS. This 15 hour series has taken six years to make. The series focuses on the World War II experience from the American perspective and uses four American towns—Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California and Luverne, Minnesota. The story is told by people from these four communities who talk about their experiences in World War II and how their lives were changed.
Additional information may be found at the PBS site. Local broadcasting information and news about other related programs may be found at San Francisco‘s PBS station, KQED. This site also provides broadcast information for San Jose’s PBS station, KTEH.
In addition to the film, PBS has created several ways to experience this series. They have started a “Share A Story” online project for people to share experiences about World War II, both at home and on the battlefield. KQED has a portal for viewers to submit these experiences:
Additionally, the Library of Congress and Veterans History Project have formed a partnership with PBS and Florentine Films. Ken Burns and PBS have asked the Veterans History Project to be the repository of interviews of World War II veterans by citizens.
Also, visit the Stories of Service site to learn about the intergenerational storytelling program where youth and adults help World War II veterans to produce brief videos about their experiences.
Stop by the Library to see our books and movies about World War II. The following titles are a sample of newly published books that the Library has added to our World War II collection:
Christ, James F.
Battalion of the Damned: the 1st Marine Paratroopers at Gavutu and Bloody Ridge, 1942
The story of how the 1st Marine Battalion (with its1st Marine Parachute Battalion) attacked Gavatu Island and fought to take over the Guadalcanal airfield in May 1942.
Jeffers, H. Paul
Onward We Charge: the Heroic Story of Darby’s Rangers in World War II
The story of Col. William O. Darby who formed an infantry battalion modeled after the British Commandos and this battalion’s role in the Allied invasion of Algeria in 1942.
Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of the Japanese American Internment
The U.S. Army censored the majority of Lange’s photographs of the internment of Japanese-Americans because they did not reflect the image the federal government wanted to portray of Japanese-Americans.
Olson, Michael Keith
Tales from a Tin Can: the USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay
The first oral history of the warship that was at both the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay.
The Righteous among the Nations
Contains over 200 biographies of rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. These people have been awarded the honor of The Righteous Among the Nations.
Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign
The Battle of Leyte Gulf from the perspective of two American and two Japanese officers.
Ward, Geoffrey C.
The War: an Intimate History, 1941-1945
The companion volume to the seven part series “The War”.
The California State Library has joined with PBS to promote “The War”.